CrossOver Office 5.0
At $39.95 US, CrossOver Standard is relatively inexpensive—certainly cheaper that purchasing a licensed copy of Windows. Most professional users would consider $69.95 US to be a reasonable price to pay for the higher level of support. We give CrossOver Office a thumbs up for price.
In summary, CodeWeavers CrossOver Office is a promising product, and we give it a final score of very good. We recommend strongly that you run CrossOver Office on a decent machine with some good processing power and lots of RAM. On anything less, CrossOver Office would score satisfactory at best. With the right hardware though, it easily could have earned a score of excellent if it weren't for the fact that it has minor stability problems and difficulty getting multimedia applications working properly. This brings down the overall score of a product that has excellent documentation, support and an easy-to-use interface. Hopefully, future versions of CrossOver Office will address these points, making it a more viable professional product for hardware that is less than the latest and greatest.
Installation: Thumbs up
Ease of Use: Thumbs up
Documentation: Thumbs up
Compatibility: Thumbs up
Capability: Flat hand
Price: Thumbs up
Final Score: Very Good
CrossOver Office 5.0 is a great solution for those who must run some popular legacy Windows applications under Linux. It has some glitches, and you need good hardware to get the best out of the product, but it does the job it is designed to do quite well.
Jes Hall is a KDE developer from New Zealand who is passionate about helping open-source software bring life-changing information and tools to those who would otherwise not have them. She welcomes comments sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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